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Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

January 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

January 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Environmental groups call for governor to abandon Bay Delta Conservation Plan

SANTA CLARITA - A coalition of environmentalists called Monday for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon his support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and instead invest in sustainable water projects.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nearly 500 homes planned for Castaic site

SANTA CLARITA - Los Angeles County planners are moving ahead with a nearly 500-home development on Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic where 200 luxury homes and a golf course designed by legend Arnold Palmer were previously planned.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in crash on Interstate 5 Monday

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a local fire station captain said.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Multi-car collision closes part of I-5

About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled onto the ground near Castaic Sunday from a big rig involved in a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country murder victim identified

A coroner's investigator has identified the victim of a fatal stabbing Friday as 25-year-old Jose Eduardo Ocampo, of Canyon Country.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman scratches her way to $1M

A young Castaic woman who worked as for a store at a truck stop is now a millionaire.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robbery reported at fast food restaurant

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a brazen thief who snatched $100 from the hands of a fast food cashier in Canyon Country Thursday, according to documents filed by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baca to retire at end of month

SANTA CLARITA - Amid controversy over federal probes that led to the indictment of 18 sworn officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday he is retiring.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Baca schedules news conference; retirement announcement expected

SANTA CLARITA - As rumors of his expected retirement abound this morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water supplies assessed as third year in row dawns dry

SANTA CLARITA - On the heels of two consecutive years of record low precipitation, early 2014 indicators - among them dwindling snow packs and continuing rainfall shortages - have water officials bracing for a third dry year in California.

January 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Sulphur Springs School District announces settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Sulphur Springs School District board has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against it, the district's superintendent said today.

March 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A motorcyclist in his early 20's was injured and rushed to the hospital late Thursday afternoon following a traffic collision near College of the Canyons, according to emergency response officials.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials work on conservation plan

A month after local water officials called on Santa Clarita Valley residents to conserve water, they are coming up with a formal conservation plan with the aim of getting state funding for their efforts, he said.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two men arrested for hobby store robbery

Two men from out of town were arrested in a Valencia parking lot Wednesday night just moments after they allegedly robbed a hobby store in Canyon Country, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery

A Palmdale sheriff's deputy who was arrested at his home in Valencia last July pleaded no contest today to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus hiker tells tale of being lost in canyon overnight

Santa Clarita Valley hiker Brian Napoli fell down the rocky side of a mountain and knocked himself unconscious Monday, only to wake up alone, frightened, cold and thirsty, he said Wednesday in a phone interview from his hospital bed.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP: Drowsy driver injured in big rig crash

A 52-year-old truck driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support directly under the Lower Cross overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 12, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to beef up efforts to capture wasted storm water

Citing local implications of the worsening statewide drought, county supervisors this week OK'd a plan to capture storm water that is currently wasted by literally running down the drain.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Towsley Canyon after overnight ordeal

A hiker missing since Monday afternoon was found safe and apparently sound Tuesday morning after searchers spotted him waving a piece of clothing in the hills of Towsley Canyon.

March 11, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with threatening to kill deputy found guilty

A Valencia man charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff's deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion was found guilty of that offense, trespassing and robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red flag warning forecast through Thursday

Low humidity and high winds forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley have prompted a red flag warning in effect until Thursday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Sports Complex to get new shade structure

Five county parks, including the Castaic Sports Complex, are expected to get a little more shade by 2015 after county supervisors approved funding for shade structures on Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus grads gear up for bike trek across US

Two Santa Clarita Valley college men are cycling across America in support of people with disabilities - each inspired locally by those who demonstrated they can rise above their handicaps.

March 11, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 face trial in series of robberies

Two Palmdale men arrested four months ago in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery have been ordered to stand trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials to release Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan

Santa Clarita Valley residents will get a chance to scrutinize for themselves the ongoing cleanup of Whittaker-Bermite next month when officials release a plan for the many agencies involved to work together and rid the site of toxins.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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